In 1968, Lucy the Squirrel lived at the home of the Donald Brauhn family in Dubuque after being rescued from the nest as an orphan. Lucy liked to leap on the cage of the family’s pet canary.

A tale of a tail captivated Telegraph Herald readers 55 years ago this week.

Members of a Dubuque family spotted a squirrel tail in a tree on their property. The tail hadn’t moved in days, so family members climbed the tree and discovered two starving, baby squirrels huddled near the body of their dead mother. It was her tail they saw from the ground.

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